Upstart Crow

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Upstart Crow Titles + Credits from kate sullivan on Vimeo.

Upstart Crow Establishers from kate sullivan on Vimeo.

I art directed, designed, storyboarded, and animated a title sequence, end credits and establishing shots for Ben Elton's new BBC sitcom 'Upstart Crow'.

The show was directed by Matt Lipsey, produced by Gareth Edwards and stars David Mitchell and Liza Tarbuck.

I had a lot of fun finding original Tudor woodcut reference materials. Many thanks to The Bishopsgate Institute for letting me use some of their archive free of charge.

Once I'd created a storyboard and layouts, I worked with Martin Davey to create new background elements.

I then combined his new background artwork with original 16th century landscapes and buildings that I'd tinkered with in Photoshop.

Lots of the characters are original Tudor woodcuts. Some I drew from scratch.

Finally, I animated the lot in After Effects. A colour grade was added in the online by Rob Grainger.

I like to think that even though the artwork was drawn by Martin, myself and a lot of different Tudor folk, the artwork works as a whole.

I hope you also think the typeface works. I can't take credit for designing it, but did select it for the show.

Martin is an incredibly talented artist and I can highly recommend working with him.

You can see some of his work here.